Mitt Romney Running Mate Speculation Thread

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how much more can you dehumanize the veep I wonder

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

i have no insight into this at all. rubio seems like an obvious non-pick but i haven't got any better ideas.

goole, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

why don't you send Romney an email?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

i guess it needs to be someone superficially exciting to the press and more 'substantively' exciting to the base. so yeah rubio i guess.

xp lol

goole, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm looking at that list and thinking "no chance in hell" for pretty much all of them

mh, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

funny the logic of this seems to push toward another "shake things up!!!" kind of pick.

goole, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Romney/Arpaio '12

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^ finally, a ticket we can get behind

mh, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

the prob is he still hasn't won over the base but any pick that will is gonna alienate a lot of people. if he wanted to 'shake things up' and stay on msg he could pick some CEO w/ no political trail maybe. meg whitman woulda been an okay choice if she had won california.

iatee, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

girl power!

Is Jan Brewer a possibility at all?

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

nooo way

iatee, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

I guess if Romney's interested in frightening the few "Latinos" who'll consider him.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess that goes along with the first sentence in your last post, iatee.

Cuba Pudding, Jr. (jaymc), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hate Paul Ryan so much. Even if his politics weren't reprehensible, he's just completely smarmy.

Respectfully, Tyrese Gibson (Nicole), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Romney/Duffy '12

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

idk, my leaning toward Rubio mostly comes from the math of how many Latino votes Romney will need to even have a chance and even though he's never going to convert those kind of numbers, i can still see them going with Rubio to at least keep up an appearance

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

that kind of calculation betrays a lack of understanding of the (lack of) solidarity of the USA Latino community...which means it's likely just how the Romney camp is thinking

Euler, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

I thought Rubio was already deemned LINO

mh, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Has anyone any evidence that Rubio's appeal to Hispanics extends beyond Cuban-Americans?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

can we just put the kibosh on the whole "*INO" thing now

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

the prob is he still hasn't won over the base but any pick that will is gonna alienate a lot of people.

this is the beauty of the situation

I think Santorum might have picked Jindal, but I think Romney'll want somebody more Romney-ish - I assume that the party will have figured out that the "match an evidently sane candidate with a totally batshit veep" strategy was a non-starter. McDonnell seems the savviest pick: he's Catholic, southern, ex-military, vocal Romney supporter

same old song and placenta (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

right, Alfred, that's my point

Euler, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Romney/Maturo Jr '12

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

yes, please. I figured by using it in the stupidest situations we can get it out of the running

mh, Monday, 16 April 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hologram Tupac is the obvious answer

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

that kind of calculation betrays a lack of understanding of the (lack of) solidarity of the USA Latino community...which means it's likely just how the Romney camp is thinking

exactly! i don't think they'll do it because it IS the smart thing to do, they'll do it because they THINK its the smart thing to do.

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 16 April 2012 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

if this was a poll I'd vote Paul Ryan. he plays to the economy theme and has social con bona-fides over Christie who's squishy on guns and gays

demolition with discretion (m coleman), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

can we not use the adjective "squishy" to describe Christie on anything

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

Christie squishy on gays, film at 11

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

how about gelatinous

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

how bout Wellesian?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

jeezus, and it's only 4 months til the pick is made

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hmm, maybe he'll pick the person in charge of helping him pick the right person?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sorry, I don't know which current politics thread is the right one, but does anyone else get the impression that all or most of Mitt's battles have been fought for him? I'm never been impressed by the guy on the stump or stage - too much frenzied stammering, unconvincing line readings, poor turns of phrases and avoidable gaffes - but I wonder if all will simply get worse now that the spotlight is his and his alone, let alone once compared with Obama, who thrives on all those rhetorical fronts.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ohio senator Portman maybe not

http://www.ontheissues.org/oh/rob_portman.htm

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/04/10/the-portman-bubble.html

National Journal’s Major Garrett flatly declared that Portman will get the nod, in part because he and Romney have a “genuine rapport.” Garrett acknowledged the downside:

“Portman’s a bore, and their ticket would be boredom squared, or squares squared; he offers nothing to women voters or Latino voters; he carries the taint of Bush-Cheney policies; and he’s not conservative enough for the Tea Party. To one degree or another, these are all valid complaints. But Romney has the same perceived ‘flaws’ and he’s going to win the nomination.”

The Portman boomlet picked up momentum when Politico ran this headline: “Rob Portman tops veepstakes.” The evidence for this? “The name on the lips of most GOP strategists is Ohio senator and former George W. Bush administration official Rob Portman.”

Newsweek’s own Paul Begala was nothing if not definitive:

“You heard it here first: Mitt Romney is going to select Rob Portman, the junior senator from Ohio, to be his running mate…I’m betting that Romney’s choice will reflect who he is: a bloodless technocrat who wants to double down on trickle down.”

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Newsweek's Paul Begala."

clemenza, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

offers nothing to women voters or Latino voters

New GOP slogan.

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

to continue the Hillary 2008: Needs More Kahlua theme from the other head

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

not true, Newt will offer marriage and/or yard work to both

xp

Euler, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

GIS for Portman suggests I search for Kelly Ayotte

boxall, Monday, 16 April 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like the two gay staffers behind HRC already wondering which hotel room they're going back to

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

what is HRC holding?

goole, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

She's gonna flick a bottle cap at somebody.

Advanced Uncle Meat recovery system (Dan Peterson), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

a popper

it's smdh time in America (will), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

missing a comma

what, is HRC holding?

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

The SOS doesn't have all the nuclear codes, right? These photos are starting to make me nervous.

clemenza, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

After a few drinks Clinton is known to chuck D batteries at staffers. [citation needed]

goole, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol, these photos are making me wish I'd gone to college with HR because she'd fit right into my peer group

an independent online phenomenon (DJP), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

After a few drinks Clinton is known to chuck D batteries at staffers. [citation needed]

don't believe the hype

Euler, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

how low can she go?!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 22:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

Sure, and I guess when they both lose the race Ryan has more "prestige."

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lieberman chose to run for Senate even when he was Gore's running mate ... so yeah, Ryan doesn't have to decline to run for his House seat.

KARLOR CAN FUCK ANYTHING! AND HE WILL AND HAS!!! (Eisbaer), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

One of the main reasons Bush 41 settled on Quayle was the latter opposing most of Reagan's late term dealing with Gorby.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

how was Palin in the Biden-Palin debate in '08? are these running-mate debates a big deal? i don't recall hearing about them over here much last time around.

piscesx, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

repost dirty gif of Biden and Palin during debate plz

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

spanky hotel frogstrot (how's life), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

By the time of that debate, the Palin bar of expectations had been set so low that all she had to do was not be completely embarrassing for it to count as a triumph. I think the general consensus was that it didn't really help or hurt either of them.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

so who will Obama pick as veep?

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

biden was really good in the debate, he said some plainly heartfelt things about his family which made palin's bear mama (or whatever it was ...) rhetoric look patently empty. the story was just 'palin fails to embarrass self', though

thomp, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

(xpost) Yes--although she still managed to fall short of those abysmally lowered expectations. I feel like I should apologize in advance for knowing this, but Biden was the "winner" in all the post-debate polls by about a 2-1 margin. On the other hand, she did get off one immortal line: "Mind if I call you Joe?"

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

It'd be fun to use that line in real life with some of you. "Mind if I call you Thomp?" "Mind if I call you Schlump?" "Mind if I call you A Regina Spektor Is Haunting Europe?"

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

My secret hope for this is that educating the public about Ayn Rand will turn into her becoming this election's Jeremiah Wright. WHY WON'T RYAN DENOUNCE HIS EXTREMIST IDEOLOGICAL MENTOR?

VP debates were handily Biden's but yeah, the CW was that Palin needed to not come out in clown makeup reciting nursery rhymes backwards, so it was a "win." Biden did have that alternately cringe-worthy/heartfelt speech about his roots. (Jon Stewart: "Oh yeah, Sarah Palin? You're from one shithole town? Joe Biden's from four."

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Back to back:

Maybe until you're actually elected it's hard to get your head around the idea that the next president might be you.

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

And, if you're running for President, you're constantly hearing people introduce someone on stage (you) as "the next President of the United States!" Could imagine that just getting lodged in your head.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 11 August 2012 14:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

A simple explanation that makes perfect sense. Don't think it's a coincidence, though.

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

My secret hope for this is that educating the public about Ayn Rand will turn into her becoming this election's Jeremiah Wright. WHY WON'T RYAN DENOUNCE HIS EXTREMIST IDEOLOGICAL MENTOR?

considering that ryan is one of the new breed of "professional catholic" politicians his devotion to a notorious atheist is ripe for picking apart

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah if ayn rand does come up its gonna be in the context of IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BEING RUN BY ATHEISTS

iatee, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Frum's thing is pretty interesting--#4 is LBJ's inside-pissing-out theory:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/11/paul-ryan.html

clemenza, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

who SHOULD have mitt picked?

balls, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

lol frum was damn near apopleptic about this pick last night - https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/234147333850406912

balls, Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Max Twain‏@MaxTwain

@davidfrum We get it, you are petrified to defend conservatism. That's why you are so comfortable among the Deweys/Fords/Doles/Bushes #tcot

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

#3 on that frum list was my first thought when i saw the pick -- the most obvious-seeming answer to the who is this for question, right? it's not really for "the base" cuz the base hates obama so much that romney shouldn't have to worry about them; it's not really for "swing voters" because this isn't the guy to get them; but the kochs of the country, the ultrariches with their heads stuffed full of rand, love this guy (the natl review had a hilarious piece where they said ryan was just the kind of brilliant analytical "uber-competent thinker" romney would have hired at bain; he's a ceo's idea of a genius) and w romney's numbers slipping i thought maybe he was hoping for a huge cash injection from a newly enthusiastic plutocracy. who knows tho right.

a hauntingly unemployed american (difficult listening hour), Saturday, 11 August 2012 15:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

anagram fun - "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan" -> "Immoral Ayn Rand-type nut"

(500) Days of Sodom (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

awesome!

Simon H., Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

the most obvious-seeming answer to the who is this for question, right?

Duh, it's for the good of the country, and, by extension, the good of the whole world.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 11 August 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

http://swampland.time.com/2013/11/02/the-hunt-for-pufferfish/

Based on their junk-food-saturated vetting diet, they called their undertaking Project Goldfish (after the crackers)—ultimately giving each of the VP finalists an aquatic code name. Myers’ plan was to have Project Goldfish completed by Memorial Day. In April she presented Romney with a list of two dozen names, which he whittled down to 11: Kelly Ayotte, John Cornyn, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Bill Frist, Mike Huckabee, Bob McDonnell, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

Within a month, the vetters had assembled preliminary research books on the 11, which Romney perused and then rendered his short list: Christie (Pufferfish), Pawlenty (Lakefish), Portman (Filet o Fish), Rubio (Pescado) and Ryan (Fishconsin).

Bailey (Collins) Lover (Eazy), Sunday, 3 November 2013 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

huck

|citation needed| (will), Sunday, 3 November 2013 20:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

should've selected gov. pufferfish.

Daniel, Esq 2, Sunday, 3 November 2013 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink


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